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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim after a Car Accident

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim after a Car Accident

Even those of you who drive following all of the Colorado driving laws and rules, use proper road etiquette, and take driving safely seriously are put at risk every day you get into a vehicle.  Why? Because just because you’re doing it the right way, doesn’t mean everyone else is. In fact, everyone else most certainly is not.

There are a lot of distractions these days with our little mini computers at our fingertips nearly all the time–even while driving. Texting, Googling, talking, looking for music… all done while behind the wheel without a second thought.  

And that doesn’t even take into account the myriad of other unsafe driving practices: fatigue, drinking, marijuana, screaming children, speeding–the list can go on and on.  

So, what do you do when another’s bad driving decisions and negligence result in personal injury to you or even the death of a loved one?  Today we’ll give you the basics on filing a wrongful death claim with a Northglenn personal injury lawyer after a car accident.

Fatal Car Accident Causes

First, knowing what causes most fatal car accidents can help you be on the lookout and take the necessary precautions.

Distractions while driving

With the use of handheld devices, distracted driving plays a large role in the cause of accidents and fatalities.  Behaviors like texting, looking things up, and reading, even if done while stopped at an intersection, are all too common and cause numerous accidents daily.

Driving under the influence

Whether legally or illegally taking drugs or using alcohol–it’s never legal to operate a vehicle while doing so.  Colorado has legalized marijuana, but no one should be behind the wheel after using it, that goes for prescription drugs, alcohol, and illicit drugs, too.  

Unsafe driving 

If you’re not following the rules and laws of driving, you’re not driving safely.  Speeding, unsafe passing, and any other reckless behavior should be avoided at all costs.  If you see a car driving erratically, it’s always a safe bet to move away from them. Some drivers who aren’t experienced and those drivers who are elderly can make driving errors that put others in harm’s way.

You can help by safely pulling over and calling the police with a detailed description of the vehicle, the license plate number if you can easily see it, and your whereabouts. 

Bad weather

When driving conditions are bad due to weather, which can happen quickly in Colorado, fatal crashes aren’t far behind.  Be sure to take road conditions and safety into account prior to driving. In the winter, when Colorado weather can change in the blink of an eye, be sure you know the forecast so you can plan your drive and be prepared.  

Car problems 

If your car isn’t running properly, it should not be on the road.  Bad tires, brakes, windshield wipers, battery–these things must be taken care of before you subject yourself and others to the possibility of a fatality due to an uncared for vehicle.  

Filing Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Northglenn personal injury attorneys can help you file your wrongful death claim.  Find an attorney who knows and understands the Colorado rules and regulations pertaining to wrongful death claims, as a legal representative of the estate will be necessary.

The deceased’s spouse, children, and parents can all be considered beneficiaries.  

A wrongful death claim will entail:

  • Another driver or entity that caused the accident resulting in death
  • The driver or entity was in the wrong, negligent, or in some form at fault
  • The deceased has a surviving spouse, child, or parent, or another type of dependent or beneficiary
  • Damages (monetary/non-monetary) resulted from the death

If Your Loved One Died Through the Negligence of Another

The loss of a loved one is devastating no matter the circumstances, but when another is at fault, it can feel excessively tragic.  Find a personal injury attorney right away and allow them to take care of the legal process and matters. Your lawyer will know exactly what to do and help you get through this emotional time.

If you feel you may be able to file a wrongful death claim, give Northglenn personal injury lawyers, Hull & Zimmerman a call today. Proudly serving North Denver, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Commerce City, Arvada and Broomfield.

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Hull & Zimmerman P.C.At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we understand the pain and frustration that comes with losing a loved one. While it can never truly compensate you for your loss, damages may help you honor his or her memory while addressing the financial realities of your situation. Call us today to schedule a pressure free, no obligation consultation, so you can learn what your legal options are.

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